Back from harvesting for my CSA member–today’s delivery includes a pound of asparagus, gallon bags of spinach and Goddess salad mix, a small bunch of my big green onions, and a bag of about 12 or 13 little baby bok choy thinned from the double row of Mei Qing Choi.
I’ve got a couple extra bags of really lovely crisp baby spinach available, as well as one extra bag of Goddess mix that hasn’t been claimed (don’t worry S.S.–yours is set aside).
For those who haven’t been initiated, a few years ago, one of my good customers and fellow English Dept. colleague (retired now) Nancy Zuercher was talking to me at market about how the restaurants in Europe were serving these amazing salads with mixed lettuces, greens, and herbs.
From that conversation, the Goddess mix was born. It is a blend of colorful lettuces–reds and greens, oak leafs, deer tongues, lolla rossas, and leaf lettuces from Johnny’s Encore organic lettuce mix. To that gorgeous mix I add baby arugula for zing, a smidge of cilantro, and a sprinkling of dill. I also add snippets of chives or chive blossoms, depending on the time of season.
That mix is pictured in the current spring header of this blog, so you can get an idea of it above. Some weeks or seasons, depending on my mood, I might also add baby broccoli raab thinnings, chervil, parsley, or other tasty trimmings from throughout the garden.
It’s almost certainly one of the best salads you’ve ever had, and because it’s harvested fresh and marketed the same day, it has a lot more staying power than some of the (totally inferior!) bagged salad mixes you’ll find in the grocery store.
Goddess mix is a local, seasonal spring treat–I only grow and market it for about a month or so at the very beginning of the season–until the arugula bolts to seed (and then is too strong to eat raw). I’ve had CSA members tell me they’ve woken up at night dreaming of the Goddess mix and had to get out of bed, go downstairs, and eat it by the handsful directly out of the bag.
I’ll be bringing quite a bit of it (along with some asparagus, baby bok choy, spinach, lettuce and more) to the Vermillion Area Farmers Market that starts one week from today–Thursday, May 21st from 3-7pm at the Clay County Fairgrounds. See you there!